Nugget Column #16 – Tuesday January 20th, 2015
Canadian Forces Base North Bay is hosting the Ontario Region Curling Championships this week (January 19th – 22nd, 2015) at the North Bay Granite Club.
Teams from Borden, Petawawa, Trenton, and Meaford will attempt to knock off the hometown rink who were champions in 2013 and third in the province following the 2014 installment.
Gilbert Waye, Pierre Grignon, Serge Palin, Chris Chartrand and Butch Blair of CFB North Bay play their first round game Monday January 19th at 9pm, followed by draws on January 20th at 9am, January 20th at 12pm, and January 21st at 3pm. Semi Finals are set for Thursday January 22nd at 9am while the Championship Final will go at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to spectate games and cheer on the locals.
Weather conditions were ideal for shoveling down to the pavement this past weekend but between the Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Games on TSN and the inaugural Northern Ontario Women’s Provincials being streamed on curlingtv.com it was difficult straying too far from the couch.
Team Brad Jacobs, the reigning Canadian and Olympic Gold Medalists from Northern Ontario struck again Sunday, taking home $65,500 in skins earnings from the 29th annual invitational event. Jacobs with Ryan Fry, EJ Harnden and Ryan Harnden defeated Mike McEwen in semi-finals and John Morris in the championship final to cement their first skins title.
On the ladies’ side Rachel Homan defeated Val Sweeting while Jennifer Jones edged Chelsea Carey to set up a classic rivalry in the championship final.
Homan pocketed $52,000 after making a soft touch tap back to score two in the final end against Jones whose No. 1-ranked team escaped the weekend with $29,500 in cash.
There was more than money on the line for the five teams that enlisted for the inaugural Northern Ontario Women’s Provincials held at the Fort Williams Curling Club in Thunder Bay January 14th – 18th. For the first time in history the winning team would wear green and gold a national Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Until this season only one team from all of Ontario advanced to the Canadian Championships (unlike the Brier) in order to make room in the draw for a returning champion, Team Canada.
The event progressed not unlike many would have wagered. Liane Fossum finished round robin play at 0-4, Jessica Williams (whose second, Joanne Come-Forget, curls out of the North Bay Granite Club) finished at 1-3, Laura Payne of the North Bay Granite Club finished at 2-2, Kendra Lilly finished 3-1, and 2008 Ontario Scotties champion Tracy Horgan finished at 4-0.
Lilly, a four-time NOCA junior champion and Horgan, a three-time NOCA junior champion faced off in a historical final that came down to the last end.
Skip Tracy Horgan, Vice Jennifer Horgan, Second Jenna Enge, Lead Amanda Gates, Alternate Courtney Chenier and Coach Andrea Ronnebeck forced a single in the ninth end and took hammer in the tenth end tied. Horgan, not needing to throw her last stone, won.
North Bay Granite Club